October Opens Doors to Volunteerism!

Can you believe October is officially here?! Soon the leaves will be falling & the air will be brisk, making it the perfect time to VOLUNTEER.

As an engaged university, Fresno State students provide over 1 million hours of service annually to the region, with a $31.4 million economic impact. According to President Joseph Castro, students that take one service learning course are 2.8 times more likely to graduate.

In fact, last year, students in CHHS alone contributed 31% of Fresno State’s total service hours! We are proud of our students for the contributions they are making to our community. Together, through simple means of giving back, we can LIVE WELL for Central California!

Find volunteer opportunities by simply contacting your department’s main office or visit the Fresno State Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement.

“Everybody can be great.  Because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Local Nursing Leaders Inducted Into Nursing Hall of Fame

The Central San Joaquin Valley Nursing Hall of Fame inducted former Chief Nurse Executive of Madera Community Hospital Mary Farrell and CEO of Saint Agnes Medical Center Nancy Hollingsworth at its 11th annual awards luncheon. They join a prestigious list of nursing leaders from throughout the region who have promoted the profession through a lifetime of dedicated work and achievements.

Mary Farrell

Farrell has led a 38 year career with Madera Community Hospital. Like most nurses, she started off as a staff nurse and later moved up the administrative ladder to become supervisor at the hospital. She held the position of vice president, patient care services and chief nurse executive for 17 years until her retirement this past spring.

Farrell is credited with developing the Nurse Extern Program, which allows qualified nursing students the opportunity to perform clinical rotations throughout the hospital during their last two years of nursing school and be guided one-on-one with a full-time hospital registered nurse who serves as a tutor and mentor to the student. The goal of the program is to enhance nursing skills at the bedside, while exposing students to all clinical areas of the hospital.

“Mary is very much an advocate for nursing,” said Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes, director of the Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing. “She has created her own paradigm to bring new nurses to the valley. Through her promotion of lifelong learning, she implemented the Extern Program that has helped support Fresno State School of Nursing students for years.”

Nancy Hollingsworth

Hollingsworth is a Fresno State alumna, having received her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She began her nursing career at Saint Agnes Medical Center in 1982, as a staff oncology nurse. She would then lead a lifelong career with Saint Agnes that led to many promotions and eventually in 2011, she was named as the CEO.

In her many leadership roles, Hollingsworth always upheld her passion for helping others to pursue a career in the healthcare field – especially for students in Fresno State’s School of Nursing. As a member of the Dean’s Council for the College of Health and Human Services, she helped advocate for the passage of the bill that allowed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to be introduced within the California State University System, with Fresno State as one of the designated sites. The DNP program has been in place since 2012.

Hollingsworth, along with the California State University, Fresno Foundation, also established the Trinity Health Scholarship Program at Fresno State, which provides financial support to students pursuing clinical degrees. Multiple scholarships have been awarded to undergraduate and graduate nursing students, since its inception.

Hollingsworth and Interim Dean of College of Health and Human Services, Jody Hironaka-Juteau (l), at the 2013 Top Dog Awards. Photo courtesy of Fresno State Alumni Association.

“Nancy epitomizes the leadership of nurses because of her ability to grow within her profession,” said De La Cruz-Reyes. “She has touched many lives throughout her career and has impacted many Fresno State nursing students through her dedication to the nursing program. Nancy is very proud to be a graduate of the Fresno State nursing program and credits much of her success to the education she received at Fresno State.”

Originated in 2004, the Nursing Hall of Fame is a collaborative project that aims to honor the distinctive careers of nurse leaders. It is sponsored by Fresno State’s School of Nursing, the Nursing Leadership Coalition of the Central San Joaquin Valley and the Mu Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

The Nursing Hall of Fame plaque is displayed proudly outside of the School of Nursing office in Fresno State’s McLane Hall, along with other historic nursing memorabilia.

For more information on the Nursing Hall of Fame, contact Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes at 559.228.2155.

Bulldog Alums Vie for NATA Presidential Title

[Photo courtesy of NATA]
Dr. Scott Sailor has an interesting opponent in his bid for president of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA). It happens to be his former professor and Fresno State alumnus, Dr. Russell Richardson.

NATA is comprised of 40,000+ athletic trainers from across the nation, so to have two Fresno State alums as presidential candidates adds a unique hometown twist, said Sailor. In addition to being on the NATA Board of Directors for the past six years, Sailor is currently chair of the Department of Kinesiology – including serving as director of the athletic training education program.

Richardson is currently an athletic trainer and associate professor at the University of Montana-Western which is also where he earned his bachelor’s degree. In 1984, he obtained his master’s degree in physical education from Fresno State. He held the position of head athletic trainer at Kings River College (now known as Reedley College), while he was completing his master’s and for several years afterwards. Sailor was his student during that time.

1044938_10151657843989729_2036934804_nSailor says running against his former professor is a neat experience. “We have been friends for nearly 30 years. I have a tremendous respect for Russ. He is a really terrific person.”

“Scott and I have been giving each other a lot of grief throughout the election,” Richardson said with a laugh. “I have asked him if he thinks the voters will choose the professor or his student?”

Sailor originally became a member of NATA while he was a budding student at Fresno State, eager to learn more about the athletic training field and integrate himself with professionals in the field.

Joining NATA was the perfect opportunity for him, as it is the only existing professional membership organization for athletic trainers nationwide.

Sailor originally graduated from Fresno State in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. From there, he attended graduate school at the University of Arizona, where he received a master’s degree in athletic training. Upon his return to Fresno, Sailor knew he needed to get involved somehow.

[Photo courtesy of Fresno State]
[Photo courtesy of Fresno State]
“I’ve always felt a responsibility to the athletic training profession, to give back somehow,” Sailor says. “Being a part of NATA is something that I find very rewarding.”

Sailor ended up doing more than just give back. Since 1985, he has not only served on the NATA Public Relations Committee, but later went on to serve as chair. He most recently served as director of District Eight, which represents California, Hawaii and Nevada; and is comprised of 2,500 members – one of the largest of the 10 districts within NATA.

Russell, meanwhile, was formerly director of District 10. Both men learned they were selected as the two presidential candidates at the national NATA meeting, held this past June in Indianapolis, IN.

”I am very honored to have been selected as one of the two final candidates for the Association to choose from,” said Sailor. “There were five initial nominees presented to the nomination committee and I consider each of them friends and colleagues. I know any one of us would have been a good choice.”

If Sailor becomes president, he plans to work toward making athletic trainers more accessible to the general population and 1to increase awareness of athletic training, as a whole. “I believe we will soon see a day where athletic trainers are fully engaged and leading health policy discussions, especially when it comes to topics related to youth sports safety,” Sailor recently told NATA’s Convention Daily Newspaper.

The NATA presidential election runs throughout the month of September, with the final results scheduled to be announced on October 1st. The winner of the presidential election will go on to serve one three-year term, effective June 2015-2018.

“I think the greatest thing about this whole election is that Russ and I are both currently teaching at the schools where we originally learned to be athletic trainers,” Sailor said. “In a way, it feels as though we went full circle. Now we both have the opportunity to potentially serve as president of NATA, right here at home.”

Richardson echoed Sailor’s sentiment. “The best part of this entire endeavor is that a Bulldog will be the next NATA President. If I do lose, then I am at least confident that a good man will at the helm of our Association.”

To learn more about NATA and Sailor’s presidential election, please visit


Franklin Covey Workshop Comes to Fresno State

“People who live by the character ethic have strong roots, deep roots. They withstand the stresses of life, and they keep growing and progressing.” – Steven R. Covey7 habits

The Franklin Covey Company brought its empowering workshops, targeting leadership training and performance improvement for organizations, to Fresno State on September 18-19th. The workshop at Fresno State focused on “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” (seen above).

The College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State was a proud sponsor of this event. Thank you to Bryan Kroff, our workshop instructor, for bringing his insight and humor to teaching the 7 habits so effectively! Also, thank you to California Learning Connection for working hard to coordinate and bring this workshop to Fresno.

Many area companies and community benefit organizations were on hand to gain invaluable life skills through this workshop. For more information on Franklin Covey, please visit their website.


Our College empowers students to take a whole body approach to improving the quality of life. Our faculty and students are dedicated to helping Central California live well. Click through the slideshow to the right to learn about each of our seven departments within our college: Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, School of Nursing and Social Work Education and Gerontology.


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